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“Family atmosphere, families welcome” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Nakazono Ryokan

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Nakazono Ryokan
Ranked #32 of 80 Hotels / Ryokan in Kagoshima
Osaka, Japan
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Family atmosphere, families welcome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2014

From the moment the door slides open you are made to feel very welcome. The master and his wife are very accommodating and very helpful - even stretching to entering our room and putting the heating on a couple of hours before we came back from mid-winter volcano-viewing.

The old house is a bit creaky, but it's very comfortable and full of artifacts. I took two young (6 and 10) children with me and they loved it, too.

Kagoshima is a small city and walkable. 5-10 minutes will find you downtown. We ate fantastically well every evening - black pork shabu shabu was the kids' fave. It's not so cheap, but the low cost of this homely ryokan will free up some cash an evening's feasting.

Ask the master for onsen suggestions - the morning of the day we left Kagoshima, for example, we went to Ashikari Onsen http://asikarionsen.ecgo.jp/ which was great and cost ¥350 for adults.

Room Tip: Young kids like stairs! Our room was quiet throughout the night - 203.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Tony B
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2012

Very fond memories of staying here, despite the fact that we were forced to stay 3 extra nights (screwing up our itinerary) due to a super typhoon!
Yes it does have a slightly weird 1970's youth hostel vibe and it's kind of patched up, but I got the overriding feeling that it's been honed over 40 years to be the perfect place to stay! :) Best internet connection of anywhere we stayed, better than Tokyo! Free wifi, a free PC in the communal area with tea and coffee and snacks. Mr Nakazono is a legend, he's so helpful and a great guy. He walked with us to a couple of local restaurants on 2 separate nights, and bought us a drink on our first night. When the local place with an English menu was closed, he walked us to a different place and TRANSLATED THE MENU FOR US. You wouldn't get this service at a 6 star hotel!
We loved Kagoshima, and hope to go back sometime in the future. If we do we will definitely stay here.

Room Tip: Some rooms have a private WC and sink - worth asking if any of these are available
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank paulklee2012
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Australia
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2012

The place is a bit old. The toilets are weird, its hard to close the door as the toilet is too far forward. And the place is a bit old. Also Lonely planet's map is a bit deceptive it can be a bit hard to find with car. There is not that much option in this town though. This place is good value. The guy that runs it is really nice, but its not the Hilton that's for sure...

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank iLovetotravel74
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Issaquah, Washington
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52 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2012

I can only echo everyone else's comments.

The ryokan is well located and the owner will pick you up and drop you at the ferry, which is great. When you arrive he will take the time to tell you where every thing s and where you can find different restaurants are. Our favourite quote was a dead pan description of theater front area " many restaurants, vey tasty". You had to be there.

Highly recommended. Not new but comfortable.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Andy_H001
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Kootenays, British Columbia
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66 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2010

I have rarely read a set of reviews that I felt summed up a place so well. This is an old somewhat dilapidated property. However, it is well run, in a good location and the owner is very helpful and manages to provide the small touches that make the place worth going to - if you are not too fussy and prepared for a small Japanese inn. I don't know why this is called a ryokan as it is more like places referred to as mishukus than any ryokan I have been to.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Redtrail
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London
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155 reviews
72 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2010

Agree with most of what is said in the other reviews. What really makes this place is the owner who is incredibly helpful and friendly. Comfortable and clean fairly basic room, just fine. I did not have any problems with aircon so room temperature was fine even though very hot time of the year. Toilets very cramped but clean. Quiet but convenient location. Given all the free extras (internet, coffee, little biscuits, english newspaper to read, washing machine with washing powder [although tumble dryer, not unreasonably, requires payment]) this is great value for money.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank PeteD_London
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London
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2009

Good value. Old place that could do with a lick of paint, but everything you need is there and the rooms are of a decent size. The owner is an interesting character - minimalist in his utterances but incredibly helpful. He gave us lifts, unprompted, to and from the ferry terminals, and even to a bus stop when we were running late!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Inland_C
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Additional Information about Nakazono Ryokan

Property: Nakazono Ryokan
Address: 1-18 Yasuicho, Kagoshima 892-0815, Kagoshima Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kyushu-Okinawa > Kagoshima Prefecture > Kagoshima
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 80 Hotels / Ryokan in Kagoshima
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Convenient location,Early-Check IN,Late-Check OUT,Wireless LAN,A free PC in the communal area,Good English Spoken ​ ... more   less 

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